Friday, September 11, 2009
ONLINE SURVEY: Agricultural Innovations for Sub-Saharan Africa
The Worldwatch Institute, an independent research organization, is collecting examples of agricultural innovations that farmers and others might consider using in sub-Saharan Africa.
We are inviting input from farmers, agricultural scientists, government officials, and non-profit organizations. Our goal is to draw attention to the sorts of innovations that may need additional financial or policy support. We will be sharing our findings with farmer organizations, development agencies, international funders, private foundations and agricultural research institutions, including the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centers and National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) centers throughout Africa. And many of these innovations will be featured in the 2011 edition of State of the World, Worldwatch's annual book.We are defining the term "innovation" broadly. In some cases it may mean farmers planting a new crop variety, using a new cropping system or returning to a traditional approach to pest control. In other cases, it may mean an innovative policy, like water pricing or farmer marketing cooperatives or farmer-managed seed banks. But no matter what the innovation, we are most interested in those that take environmental sustainability into consideration, while also helping to raise farmer income and increase food security. That is, innovations that nourish people as well as the planet.
You can contribute by taking their online survey.